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Buffalo prepares for Trump rally

Buffalo prepares for Trump rally
Posted at 3:38 PM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 12:47:17-04

With just one day until New York State's primary, Western New Yorkers like Joanne Lamacusa are already lining up outside the First Niagara Center to see Republican front runner Donald Trump.

“I think it will be a big turn out with the primary the following day, a huge venue, I think it will be a big turnout,” said Lamacusa.

Monday's rally at First Niagara Center was originally scheduled for Sunday, but sources tell 7 Eyewitness News the New York based business man wanted to make the Queen City his final stop on his tour leading to the primary.

You can RSVP for the event on Donald Trump's campaign website.

Lieutenant Jeff Rinaldo with the Buffalo Police Department says if you're planning to attend the rally get there early to make it through secret service security which will take longer than security measures for a Sabres game. Doors open at 4 p.m. and Trump is expected to speak at 7 p.m.

“People will not be allowed to bring in any type of bags back packs signs, banners, foods, beverages or obviously weapons,” Rinaldo told 7 Eyewitness News.

Monday’s rally may not come without controversy. Several organizations have already announced via social media they plan to protest trumps rally. The possibility of confrontation has some Western New Yorkers a bit on edge.

“I don’t think it will be as bad as it has been because I know the area but it could be with all the vitriol that’s been going on this season.” Trevor Moomaw told 7 Eyewitness News

Buffalo Police said they have a plan in place to detain people if necessary.

Police say the following parking locations and streets will be closed:

-First Niagara Center parking ramp

-HSBC Atrium parking lot

-Buffalo News parking lot

-William Street

-Perry Street

-Illinois Street

-Main Street

Police expect nearly 19,000 people downtown and urge everyone to take public transportation or car pool if possible. The NFTA metro rail and bus line will be running.

Street closures around the First Niagara Center will start around noon and remain closed until the event is over.

The Trump campaign expects about 20,000 to attend Monday's event.

Polls show Donald Trump has a huge lead over Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich a day before the New York Primary. Multiple polls show Trump having a 30 point advantage over his rivals.

If all goes well, the billionare businessman has a chance to sweep up all 95 of the state's delegates. That's if he can grab a majority of the votes from all 27 congressional districts in New York.